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Links for 2018-03-11

YouTube, the Great Radicalizer – The New York Times It seems as if you are never “hard core” enough for YouTube’s recommendation algorithm. It promotes, recommends and disseminates videos in a manner that appears to constantly up the stakes. Given its billion or so users, YouTube may be one of the most powerful radicalizing instruments […]

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Links for 2018-03-09

BAD TRAFFIC: Sandvine’s PacketLogic Devices Used to Deploy Government Spyware in Turkey and Redirect Egyptian Users to Affiliate Ads? This report describes our investigation into the apparent use of Sandvine/Procera Networks Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) devices to deliver nation-state malware in Turkey and indirectly into Syria, and to covertly raise money through affiliate ads and […]

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Links for 2018-03-08

The Myth of Authenticity Is Killing Tex-Mex Overshadowed by barbecue in its home state, Tex-Mex is the most important, least understood regional cuisine in America I, for one, welcome the revival of Tex-Mex (tags: cuisine food tex-mex mexican texas barbecue)

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Links for 2018-03-07

The Great Igloos of Storm Emma – YouTube in a once-in-a-lifetime snowstorm, it appears the young Irish male’s mind turns to (checks notes) building an igloo and having a party in it (tags: igloos funny ireland storm-emma snow wtf humans-of-the-sesh)

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Links for 2018-03-04

Git, complicated? Of course not! Commits map to isomorphic contours in source-code phase space The inspiration for the classic tweet. it’s simplest to think of the state of your repository as a point in a high-dimensional ‘code-space’,  in which branches are represented as n-dimensional membranes, mapping the spatial loci of successive commits onto the projected […]

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Links for 2018-03-02

From toilets to barbershops, Ireland has become visionaries in the igloo business overnight | JOE.ie Igloos and bread are having a bit of a moment during Storm Emma (tags: storms storm-emma funny igloos ireland) how to deal with obnoxious political ads on Facebook tl;dr: hide or report the ads. Both will drive up the cost […]

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Links for 2018-03-01

Yes, bacon really is killing us – The Guardian Long Read Nooooo! Since we eat with our eyes, the main way we judge the quality of cured meats is pinkness. Yet it is this very colour that we should be suspicious of, as the French journalist Guillaume Coudray explains in a book published in France […]

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Links for 2018-02-28

30 kWh Leaf Nissan Connect Issues seems there’s some kind of firmware/importation issue with the Nissan Leaf app integration…. bit of a mess (tags: nissan-leaf nissan leaf apps mobile cars driving) Palantir has secretly been using New Orleans to test its predictive policing technology – The Verge Predictive policing technology has proven highly controversial wherever […]

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Links for 2018-02-22

The Codex – I Do Not Like Go Some gripes about Go from this blog, specifically around developer ergonomics (syntax highlighting and language-inherent error detection), politics, packaging and distribution, GOPATH, and the tuple-oriented error handling idiom. As R. I. Pienaar noted, the Go community seems full of “at-Google-wes”, which is an excellent way of putting […]

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Links for 2018-02-19

Artificial intelligence is going to supercharge surveillance – The Verge What happens when governments can track huge numbers of people using CCTV? When police can digitally tail you around a city just by uploading your mugshot into a database? Or, indeed, when CCTV combined with AI and big data is routinely tracking everybody all the […]

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Links for 2018-02-18

First bit of Tubular Bells played three times with slight delays so it takes 40 mins to sync – YouTube ‘The intro of Tubular Bells played three times with slight delays so it takes 40 minutes to sync AND… randomly generated visual loops from the Exorcist. That’s what I’ve made happen tonight. No video editor, […]

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Links for 2018-02-17

[Changelog] Republic of Ireland Patch notes for version 2.0.4.0 : ireland Hello and welcome, I’m Leo Varadkar, lead developer of the MMO “Republic of Ireland”, which currently has 4,700,000+ players, and today we’ll be discussing changes coming eventually with the new 2.0.4.0 patch. — genius (tags: changelog funny mmo gaming ireland patches comedy)

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Links for 2018-02-15

He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He’s Worried About An Information Apocalypse. “In the next two, three, four years we’re going to have to plan for hobbyist propagandists who can make a fortune by creating highly realistic, photo realistic simulations,” Justin Hendrix, the executive director of NYC Media Lab, told BuzzFeed News. “And […]

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Links for 2018-02-14

Single Trapped Atom Captures Science Photography Competition’s top prize – EPSRC website An image of a single positively-charged strontium atom, held near motionless by electric fields, has won the overall prize in a national science photography competition, organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). ‘Single Atom in an Ion Trap’, by David […]

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Links for 2018-02-12

Thousands of websites hijacked by hidden crypto-mining code after Browsealoud hacked The affected sites all use a fairly popular plugin called Browsealoud, made by Brit biz Texthelp, which reads out webpages for blind or partially sighted people. This technology was compromised in some way – either by hackers or rogue insiders altering Browsealoud’s source code […]

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Links for 2018-02-09

How the Game Genie worked “Sometimes it was really easy to find cheats, because the code was very straightforward, and sometimes it was a massive pain in the arse,” recalls Jon. “In simple terms, if a game started you with three lives I’d set up the logic analyser to stop when it found the value […]

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Links for 2018-02-07

Pubs reveal drinks firms’ exclusive deals ‘You could be offered €100,000 – it’s big money’: Pubs reveal drinks firms’ exclusive deals; Heineken has already been accused of using its clout to squeeze out rivals. (tags: heineken beer ireland craft-beer payola scams pubs) Horslips respond angrily to xenophobic #irexit use of their hit “Dearg Doom” Some […]

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Links for 2018-02-05

‘Fiction is outperforming reality’: how YouTube’s algorithm distorts truth “no matter which political side the researcher started from, the platform pushed pro-Trump, anti-Clinton videos.” (tags: youtube truth fake-news conspiracy-theories google algorithms politics brexit trump)

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Links for 2018-02-02

Amazon Aurora Parallel Query is Available for Preview Looks very nifty (at least once it’s GA) Parallel Query improves the performance of large analytic queries by pushing processing down to the Aurora storage layer, spreading processing across hundreds of nodes. With Parallel Query, you can run sophisticated analytic queries on Aurora tables with an order […]

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Links for 2018-02-01

How $800k Evaporated from the PoWH Coin Ponzi Scheme Overnight ‘In 282 lines of code, PoWH Coin managed to give away $800,000 in Etherium.’ (tags: etherium blockchain coding powh 4chan fail fraud cryptocurrency javascript)

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Links for 2018-01-30

airlift/aircompressor: A port of Snappy, LZO and LZ4 to Java This library contains implementations of LZ4, Snappy, and LZO written in pure Java. They are typically 10-40% faster than the JNI wrapper for the native libraries. (tags: lz4 lzo lzop snappy java libraries airlift compression performance) Playboy is suing Boing Boing – but linking is […]

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Links for 2018-01-29

Key metrics for RabbitMQ monitoring Good suggestions from Datadog (tags: rabbitmq mq monitoring metrics graphite ops) Amazing thread from @gavinsblog on the Strava leak ‘This often led to the same results you see with Strava. In low population countries, or countries with low smartphone penetration, it was often easy to detect Westerners (usually soldiers) in […]

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Links for 2018-01-28

Strava app gives away location of secret US army bases This is a privacy nightmare. Even with anonymized userids the data was far too user-specific. The details were released by Strava in a data visualisation map that shows all the activity tracked by users of its app, which allows people to record their exercise and […]

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Links for 2018-01-27

‘A Look into 30 Years of Malware Development from a Software Metrics Perspective’ ‘During the last decades, the problem of malicious and unwanted software (malware) has surged in numbers and sophistication. Malware plays a key role in most of today’s cyber attacks and has consolidated as a commodity in the underground economy. In this work, […]

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Links for 2018-01-25

Rocket Lab secretly launched a disco ball satellite on its latest test flight – The Verge I’m quite conflicted about this — I think I like it: Shaped a bit like a disco ball, the Humanity Star is a 3-foot-wide carbon fiber sphere, made up of 65 panels that reflect the Sun’s light. The satellite […]

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Links for 2018-01-24

Targeted Audio Adversarial Examples This is phenomenal: We have constructed targeted audio adversarial examples on speech-to-text transcription neural networks: given an arbitrary waveform, we can make a small perturbation that when added to the original waveform causes it to transcribe as any phrase we choose. In prior work, we constructed hidden voice commands, audio that […]

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Links for 2018-01-22

Remote Code Execution on the Smiths Medical Medfusion 4000 Infusion Pump ‘Between March and June of 2017 I spent around 400 hours of personal time analyzing the Smiths Medical Medfusion 4000 infusion pump for security vulnerabilities. The devices analyzed had software versions 1.1.2 and 1.5.0. The flaws discovered (the most critical of which was a […]

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Links for 2018-01-19

The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm In 2018 ’14. Then suddenly there are Nazis everywhere.’ (tags: twitter twitterstorms funny 2018 nazis alt-right memes)

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Links for 2018-01-18

OpenCensus: A Stats Collection and Distributed Tracing Framework Google open sourcing their internal Census lib for service metrics and distributed tracing (tags: google monitoring service-metrics metrics census opencensus open-source tracing zipkin prometheus) Securing Docker Containers on AWS | nearForm ‘On most projects at nearForm we are deploying our solutions within Docker containers. There are tasks […]

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Links for 2018-01-17

Boost your immunity: Cold and flu treatments suppress innate immune system The next time you feel a cold coming on, maybe what you really want is just a little teensy bit of innate immune suppression, not an immunity boost. Over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen and antihistamines should help you feel better. Meanwhile, sit back while your […]

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Links for 2018-01-16

Actual screenshot of the broken UX of the Hawaii ballistic missile alert system “This is the screen that set off the ballistic missile alert on Saturday. The operator clicked the PACOM (CDW) State Only link. The drill link is the one that was supposed to be clicked.” This is terrible, terrible UX. (tags: ux ui […]

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Links for 2018-01-15

The likely user interface which led to Hawaii’s false-alarm incoming-ballistic-missile alert on Saturday 2018-01-13 @supersat on Twitter: “In case you’re curious what Hawaii’s EAS/WEA interface looks like, I believe it’s similar to this. Hypothesis: they test their EAS authorization codes at the beginning of each shift and selected the wrong option.” This is absolutely classic […]

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Links for 2018-01-14

‘It Can’t Be True.’ Inside the Semiconductor Industry’s Meltdown “Our first priority has been to have a complete mitigation in place,” said Intel’s Parker. “We’ve delivered a solution.” Some in the cybersecurity community aren’t so sure. Kocher, who helped discover Spectre, thinks this is just the beginning of the industry’s woes. Now that new ways […]

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Links for 2018-01-12

google/highwayhash: Fast strong hash functions: SipHash/HighwayHash HighwayHash: ‘We have devised a new way of mixing inputs with AVX2 multiply and permute instructions. The multiplications are 32×32 -> 64 bits and therefore infeasible to reverse. Permuting equalizes the distribution of the resulting bytes. The internal state occupies four 256-bit AVX2 registers. Due to limitations of the […]

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Links for 2018-01-11

[1801.02780] Rogue Signs: Deceiving Traffic Sign Recognition with Malicious Ads and Logos Well, so much for that idea. We propose a new real-world attack against the computer vision based systems of autonomous vehicles (AVs). Our novel Sign Embedding attack exploits the concept of adversarial examples to modify innocuous signs and advertisements in the environment such […]

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Links for 2018-01-10

Collision Course: Why This Type Of Road Junction Will Keep Killing Cyclists This aspect of road design had never occurred to me, but once explained it makes sense. Great article on the design of an oblique crossroads junction and how it’s unexpectedly dangerous due to human factors and car design. “Human error” may be real, […]

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Links for 2018-01-09

Post-apocalyptic life in American health care My god, this is so dysfunctional. ‘I observe that American health care organizations can no longer operate systematically, so participants are forced to act in the communal mode, as if in the pre-modern world. Health care is one leading edge of a general breakdown in systematicity — while, at […]

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Links for 2018-01-05

Random with care Some tips about RNGs and their usage (via Tony Finch) (tags: coding random math rngs prngs statistics distributions)

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Links for 2018-01-04

Nicole Perlroth’s roundup on the Spectre and Meltdown security holes Excellent roundup — this really is amazingly bad news for CPU performance and fixability (tags: meltdown spectre nicole-perlroth security cpu performance speculative-execution intel amd arm) These stickers make AI hallucinate things that aren’t there – The Verge The sticker “allows attackers to create a physical-world […]

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Links for 2018-01-03

Webdoctor.ie An online doctor appointment — you fill out a questionnaire, are interviewed via VC, and receive any prescription you need. Recommended by devxda on the ITC slack (tags: doctor medicine ireland services health) The mysterious case of the Linux Page Table Isolation patches | Hacker News good HN comments on the horrible security bug […]

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